Civilized society 2117, Part 11: Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa: Multicultural art changes attitudes

Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa, originally from Portugal, is now the Director of Caisa Cultural Center in Helsinki and carries the hope that, in the future, this type of centre will no longer be necessary.

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Danske Bank’s Akava team can help you make the most of your membership benefits

Danske Bank has its own Akava team to serve members of Akava affiliates, for example by answering questions about housing loan benefits and benefits for recent graduates. The team members are knowledgeable, skilled and enthusiastic to help you!

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The economic contribution of universities in Finland is 14,2 billion euros

The impact of Finnish universities on the Finnish economy has been evaluated. According to BiGGAR Economics, Finnish universities produce 14,2 billion gross added value for the Finnish economy, and their activities support around 136 000 jobs. This corresponds to 6,6 % of Finnish economic output, and 5,5 % of total employment in Finland. A euro invested in the Finnish universities produces, on average, 5,26 euros in return for the Finnish economy.

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What is Akava?

Akava is a trade union confederation of affiliates for highly educated people. Together, Akava’s 36 affiliates have unionized more than half a million employees and professionals. The members of Akava affiliates include employees, as well as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Akava members work in expert, teaching and managerial positions. Membership in Akava can be based on one’s field of study, degree or profession.

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News from the Finnish labour market

06.03.2018 Right-wing party wants to sideline Union unemployment funds

Most unemployment funds have traditionally been an integral part of trade unions in Finland. The first union to start an unemployment fund was the Book Printers' Union in 1895. Since the decree of 1917 the Union unemployment funds have been receiving financial support from the state.

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08.02.2018 Slow process of public sector collective bargaining leads to ban on overtime and shift swap

A large number of public sector collective agreements expired at the end of January. Negotiations are now ongoing and some forms of industrial action are already taking place.

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02.02.2018 Unions organise political strikes against the cuts in employment security

A number of leading trade unions have organised a political strike on Friday February 2 against the Government’s new legislation aimed at cutting unemployment security.

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07.12.2017 Trade unions are an important part of the success of Finland's 100 years of independence

Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence on 6 December 2017. The country has moved a long way from being a poor agrarian country to a modern industrial welfare state. And the trade union movement has played a decisive role and been an integral part in bringing about this transformation.

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12.10.2017 Finnish employers and employees: The EU needs a functioning and fair energy and climate policy

The EU's Energy Union and the related targets for the year 2030 are now in a critical decision-making phase. According to the Finnish labor market central organizations, the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement and the EU's energy and climate policy must be shared between the Member States in an equal manner, taking into account both international competitiveness and employment.

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